Frostbite.. what to do

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by K-9mom, Jan 15, 2012.

  1. K-9mom

    K-9mom Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 5, 2011
    Ok.. it was below zero last night with the wind chill. Every night I close the 5 girls in the coop which has a heated waterer but no other form of heat. They have a solar LED light but that throws no heat. Today it is about 12 degrees and when I went to let them out I noticed one or maybe two of the girls have frost bite on their heads. They are 6 months old and this is their first winter.

    What do I do now? What should I do different?
  2. buckabucka

    buckabucka Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 13, 2010
    Fairfield, Maine
    My Coop
    Do you have good ventilation? The best way to prevent frostbite is to keep things as dry as possible, and vent the warm, moist air that the chickens are giving off.
    Having said that, I always have a few birds that get some spots of frostbite each winter, especially those with large floppy combs. I usually just leave it alone, but some people put Vaseline on their combs to help prevent frostbite.
    Good luck.
    i will be glad when these below-zero nights are behind us!
  3. top of the hill

    top of the hill Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 20, 2011
    do you have a pic of the coop? I'm no expert, but I read alot into this as its my first winter with chickens. there is some balance you need to find between good ventelation and no draft. As long as the moisture from breath, poop etc. has a place to exit, they should be ok.

    Personally, I sealed up the windows and door with plastic and had hubby add a few screened pop vents along the ceiling line, seems to be working so far. Did the two that got frost bit have larger combs? I think thats also something that happens frequently in chickens with larger combs. at this point you just let it heal on it own. the black bits will fall off. some people, as a preventative, slather their combs with vaseline or bag balm when they know temps are dropping.

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